LYFT mes­sage: ‘Don’t be a party to un­der­age drink­ing’

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

PENNS­BURY -- With the hol­i­day sea­son here, stu­dents are send­ing a mes­sage to adultsW “Par­ents who host lose the most. Don’t be a party to un­der­age drink­ing.”

The stu­dents, from the Penns­bury LYFT Aware­ness Teen Ad­vi­sory Group, or ATAG for short, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in project “Sticker ShRFN,” DII­fixLnJ sWLFNHUs FDUUyLnJ WhDW PHs­sage on beer cases at Cold Spring Bev­er­age in Yardley and at other lo­cal beer stores.

LYF7 sWDnGs IRU LRZHU 0DNH­fiHlG 7RZn­ship, Yardley Bor­ough, Falls Town­ship and Tul­ly­town Bor­ough. It is a com­mu­nity coali­tion that aims to pre­vent drug abuse and un­der­age drink­ing. ATAG stands for Aware­ness Teen Ad­vi­sory Group.

Tim Philpot, Penns­bury LYFT project di­rec­tor, said a to­tal of 1,800 la­bels were ap­plied to cases of beer con­tain­ing at least 24 cans or bot­tles each.

“Con­ser­va­tively, that means 43,200 beers were la­beled,” he said. “Be­cause some of the cases ac­tu­ally con­tain 30 beers, we can prob­a­bly say with a good deal of cer­tainly that we la­beled the equiv­a­lent of 50,000 beers in about one hour and 45 min­utes.”

Philpot said Sticker Shock is im­por­tant to change the at­ti­tudes and be­liefs of some that might think it is okay to serve al­co­hol to mi­nors.

Sticker Shock is a pro­gram that was ini­ti­ated sev­eral years ago by the Al­co­hol Ed­u­ca­tion Bureau of the Penn­syl­va­nia Liquor Con­trol Board. Youth and adults vol­un­teer, work­ing with a co­op­er­at­ing beer dis­trib­u­tor­ship, go into the es­tab­lish­ment and place a sticker on as many cases of beer as pos­si­ble to re­mind adults that it is il­le­gal to pur­chase or serve al­co­hol to mi­nors.

LYFT ATAG is made up of be­tween 40 and 50 youth who par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous events dur­ing the year.

“They are lead­ers among their peers and they are com­mit­ted to drug and al­co­hol preven­tion among their peers,” Philpot said. “They are a very di­verse group of youth.

“It is im­por­tant for our par­tic­i­pat­ing youth to know that they are con­tribut­ing pos­i­tively to chang­ing the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

The pres­i­dent of the group, Jon Leventry, 17, is a ju­nior at Penns­bury High School. He is an of­fen­sive line­man on the Penns­bury Fal­cons foot­ball team.

He said that ATAG mem­ber also par­tic­i­pated in the Sticker Shock project in the sum­mer.

“Now, we have just started to really kick it up a notch and really start to get the gears grind­ing and rock­ing and rolling with this whole thing,” he said. “We go to a bunch of dif­fer­ent beer dis­trib­u­tors and we ba­si­cally put th­ese stick­ers on which al­low par­ents to un­der­stand the con­se­quences that they really need to know. The stick­ers say that there are se­ri­ous con­se­quences for giv­ing al­co­hol to mi­nors. You’re lRRNLnJ DW finHs. ,W FRulG HYHn LnFluGH MDLl WLPH if it be­comes se­ri­ous enough. It can really ruin fam­i­lies.”

He said un­der­age al­co­hol use preven­tion starts at home and par­ents should not give al­co­hol to their chil­dren.

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“This is not a good prac­tice,” Leventry said. “It can’t hap­pen.”

Sticker Shock they’re do­ing.

“A lot of times they may not even be con­scious of what they’re do­ing,” he said. “But, it’s im­por­tant for the par­ent not to be the best friend of their child, but to act as the par­ent.”

“Some­times,” Leventry ad­vised, “par­ents are go­ing to have to say what is right and wrong.”

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Trevor Nask­iewicz, 13, has been a mem­ber of LYFT ATAG for two years. “I just like help­ing my com­mu­nity,” he said.

He be­lieves that un­der­age drinkers are “in­se­cure about them­selves and they’re just do­ing it to feel bet­ter. Maybe they don’t have sup­port at their home and that leads to th­ese bad things.”

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About un­der­age drinkers, she said, “I think that they’re just do­ing that to make them­selves stand out – to be cool,” she said.

“I think that they’re do­ing the wrong thing and not think­ing be­fore they act,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the right thing.”

Sticker Shock is a long stand­ing LYFT pro­gram which is done on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. In ad­di­tion to Cold Spring Bev­er­age, Pat Deon Bev­er­ages, The Bev­er­age wone and Beer-a-Rama have par­tic­i­pated.

The project started be­fore Thanks­giv­ing and is un­der­way un­til New Year’s.



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Lexi Nask­iewicz, 11, and brother Trevor, 13, put stick­ers on cases of beer as part of Sticker Shock.

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